If I were Saraki, I would decline Buhari’s overture

In the history of Nigeria, records show that 8th Nigerian Senate under the leadership of Senate President Bukola Saraki is the most productive and impactful Senate.
This landmark feat was achieved in spite of the fact that the Senate President has suffered severe  humiliation and vilification from leadership of the APC-led federal government. Imagine that Senate President from the same party with the President was subjected to the worst humiliation ever experienced by a Senate President. Also, imagine that the Senate President played pivotal roles in the installation of the APC-led federal government.
Three years ago, the executive arm of the Federal Government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari took the decision to prosecute the Senate President at the Code of Conduct Tribunal. The decision was taken despite the information available to the executive that there was neither thorough investigation nor there was any credible evidence. A desperate executive also denied the Senate President of fair hearing. Obviously, the target was to embarrass, humiliate and possibly dethrone the Senate President from office.
For three eventful years, the executive fought so hard to nail and convict the Senate President. The executive deployed extra judicial means, unlawful measures and media blackmail against the Senate President. Even, when the Senate President won the case at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, the executive wasn’t satisfied and the Senate President was dragged to the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.
It should be noted that a Peoples Democratic Party-led Federal Government once dragged the leader of the opposition Action Congress of Nigeria, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu before the Code of Conduct Tribunal. Immediately Tinubu won at the CCT, the federal government stopped further prosecution. The federal government did not drag Tinubu to Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. That is the narrative despite the fact that Tinubu was the leader of the opposition.
However, in the case of Saraki, because the Buhari-led executive was very desperate to convict Saraki, the executive shunned the precedent set by the immediate past administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.
Fast forward to July 2018, Supreme Court has declared the Senate President as innocent of false assets declaration charges after the Senate President went through tough and tortuous legal journey.
It is interesting to note that after the Supreme Court has freed Saraki from the deadly trap set by Buhari-led executive and the rumoured defection of Saraki from the APC, President Muhammad Buhari is trying to woo Saraki to remain in the APC to work for his re-election bid. If I were Saraki, I would respectfully declined overtures from President Muhammadu Buhari.
The truth is that President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress were complicit in the trial and travail of the Senate President for three solid years. Where was President Buhari during the lowest moments of Saraki? Where was President Buhari when the executive fiercely argued that the CCT should decline the bail application of Saraki?
Saraki should be reminded of that President Buhari has used and dumped many politicians in the past. Despite the immense contributions of Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to the presidential campaign of President Buhari, where is Atiku? Atiku has been used and dumped. President Buhari ignored all concerns raised by Atiku about the challenges in the APC. Atiku got frustrated and had to defect from the APC. President Buhari does not possess any history of reciprocating good deeds with good deeds. That is the sad reality.
The latest overtures extended to Saraki by President Buhari looks so much like a scam. If I were Saraki, I would follow my heart. If Saraki wishes to remain in the APC, let it be because Saraki’s body, soul and heart are saying so, not because of the scam from Buhari. If Saraki’s heart is saying enough is enough, Saraki should not hesitate to defect from the APC. If I were Saraki, I would follow my heart.
Haliru Abdulmaliki
coordinator Not too young to run
Kastina State Chapter & Member APC.

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